Freud’s work in its essence is trying to understand the deep and dark human psyche, and through Freud’s work one thing can be made certain. That even though the unconscious is kept away from our conscious mind as a way to shelter certain emotions or thoughts, in some way does our unconscious manifest itself into the real world. By actions, emotions, interactions, and even dreams. In the context of Frankenstein, Victor’s wildest dream is his very own unconscious self manifested as he sleeps. In this dream he dreams of his wife Elizabeth “in the bloom of health, walking in the streets of Ingolstadt”(60) and he embraced her but as he kissed her on the lips ” they became livid with the hue of death; her features appeared to change”(60) and even more strange Freud thought “that i held the corpse of my dead mother in my arms”(60). According the the Oedipus complex Victor has incestuous desires toward his dead mothers body. Victor’s wife is the emotional embodiment of his mother. The father on the other hand, the emotional embodiment of the father that threatens every boy through the Oedipus complex is the creature. As Victor sleeps the creature finds him and tries to communicate with Victor, but Victor instead runs in fear.

Not only is our unconscious manifested through dreams but also our unconscious is manifested through our actions and goals. Victor for example, because of his unconscious sexual desire towards his dead mother, Victor in exchange decided to create life, give life to something inanimate. Which may seem a good idea at first for Victor, and in psychoanalysis probably a good feeling for the unconscious to explore those deep dark thoughts. However once expressed, rejected and looked down upon because of its taboo. Just as Victor had an uncanny, resentful feeling over his wild dream, so did he regret playing god and creating the creature. To beg the question, why would the author give Victor incestuous desires towards his mother?

-David Obeso